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Sven-Göran Eriksson: Football needs India, China and USA

Philippines coach Sven-Göran Eriksson has tipped India to advance to the round of 16 at the AFC Asian Cup, ahead of their crucial game against Bahrain, adding that their 4-1 win against Thailand was the "biggest surprise" of the tournament.

Eriksson, who took England to the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup, will see his team play a must-win match themselves, against Kyrgyzstan on January 16 in Dubai, and believes advancement in the Asian Cup will be great for both countries,...

Shanghai Shenhua announce Quique Sanchez Flores as new manager

Quique Sanchez Flores left Watford earlier this year.

Former Watford and Espanyol manager Quique Sanchez Flores has been named as the new head coach of Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua, the club said on Tuesday.

The Spaniard replaces Wu Jingui, who takes over as sporting director after steering Shenhua to victory in the Chinese FA Cup in 2017.

Sanchez Flores has not worked since April, when he was dismissed by Spanish side Espanyol after almost two years at the helm. The former Real Madrid and Spain defender makes the move to China having...

Yannick Carrasco offered teammate €10,000 after allegedly breaking nose in training 'conflict'

Dalian Yifang winger Yannick Carrasco offered a teammate €10,000 after allegedly breaking his nose
Dalian Yifang winger Yannick Carrasco offered a teammate €10,000 after allegedly breaking his nose.

Dalian Yifang winger Yannick Carrasco has said he offered a teammate €10,000 to cover medical costs after allegedly breaking his nose during a training ground incident.

Carrasco, who joined the Chinese Super League side from Atletico Madrid in February, said the incident involving himself and Jin Pengxiang led to some "small conflicts" which left the Chinese defender with a broken nose.

"It was at a training session and because of a collision we had some small conflicts that eventually...

Yannick Carrasco strikes as Dalian Yifang relegate Changchun Yatai in CSL

Yannick Carrasco was on target as Dalian Yifang's 2-0 Chinese Super League win over Changchun Yatai spared last year's second division champions relegation on Sunday.

The result means Changchun finished 15th in the 16-team league and joined Guizhou Zhicheng in dropping into China League One as the top-flight season came to an end.

Belgium international Carrasco, a high-profile signing from Atletico Madrid, netted Dalian's second goal after Duvier Riascos had given Bernd Schuster's team the lead midway...

Shanghai SIPG win Chinese Super League to end Guangzhou Evergrande dominance

Players of Shanghai SIPG celebrate with their trophy
Shanghai SIPG claimed the title for the first time.

Shanghai SIPG brought Guangzhou Evergrande's dominance of the Chinese Super League to an end on Wednesday as Vitor Pereira's side handed Beijing Renhe a 2-1 defeat to claim the title for the first time in the club's history.

Needing a draw to claim the trophy, goals from Odil Akhmedov and Wu Lei sealed the title for SIPG with one game left in the campaign, ending Evergrande's run of seven straight league championships.

The league win was Pereira's first with the club since taking over late last...